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  • Björk: "Moon" [cover]

    Björk's "Biophilia" Featured in NPR's "All Songs Considered" Fall Preview: "So Glad There's a Björk in This World"

    Björk's forthcoming album, Biophilia, due out October 11, is featured in the latest episode of NPR's All Songs Considered, the show's Fall Music Preview. The show's contributors "talk about some of the releases they're most looking forward to coming out this fall." Host Bob Boilen offers Björk's latest single, "Moon," to the Fall Preview mix. "There's no one that makes music like this," says Boilen. "I'm so glad that there is a Björk in this world." Watch a preview video of the "Moon" app here.

  • Chris Thile sq by Cassandra Jenkins

    Chris Thile Launches Solo Tour of UK, Ireland; Featured on NPR Celebration of Bill Monroe's 100th Birthday

    Chris Thile launches his solo tour of the UK and Ireland with a concert at Borderline in London tonight. The tour includes songs from Thile's duo album with guitarist Michael Daves, Sleep with One Eye Open. Today also marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe, whose songs are featured on Sleep with One Eye Open; Thile spoke with NPR's All Things Considered for a piece celebrating the occasion. NPR counts Thile and Daves "among the hot young pickers" carrying on the tradition set by the Monroe Brothers.

  • Björk: "Biophilia" [cover]

    Björk Talks with CBC's "Q" About Her "Trailblazing" New Album, "Biophilia"; Performs Headlining Set at Bestival

    Björk brought the music of Biophilia, her forthcoming album, to Britain's Isle of Wight last night, where she headlined the four-day Bestival's closing night. Q magazine says "it's clear from the off, the Icelandic singer does not do 'average' festival sets." She was the featured guest on the full hour of the CBC radio show Q. "Few artists can lay claim to being the greatest cultural export of their home country," says the show, citing her "trailblazing" new album. Björk also spoke with Studio 360 about her memories of September 11, 2001, and the ways in which the world has changed since. Listen to her comments here.

  • Steve Reich: "WTC 9/11 / Mallet Quartet / Dance Patterns" [cover]

    Steve Reich's "WTC 9/11" Featured on NPR's Weekend Edition; Final Day for First Listen

    Steve Reich's new piece, WTC 9/11, was featured on NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday, in the show's coverage of the tenth anniversary of the attacks. KQED's The California Report spoke with Reich and Kronos Quartet's David Harrington about the piece, which Kronos performs on the forthcoming album. There's one more day to listen to the entire album—which also includes Mallet Quartet, performed by Sō Percussion, and Dance Patterns, performed by members of Steve Reich and Musicians—as an NPR First Listen. The Seattle Times calls WTC 9/11 "a stunning work." Sequenza21 calls it "unflinchingly eloquent."

  • September 11, 2011

    Nonesuch Events for the Weekend of September 9–11

    As the world pauses to reflect once more on the tragic events of September 11, 2001, on the occasion of their tenth anniversary this Sunday, many will turn to music in remembrance. Included in the many events marking this anniversary are works by and performances from a number of Nonesuch artists, including Steve Reich, John Adams, Laurie Anderson, and Ingram Marshall. Here are a few of them, followed by our regular listing of events taking place this weekend featuring Nonesuch artists.

  • Steve Reich: "WTC 9/11 / Mallet Quartet / Dance Patterns" [cover]

    Steve Reich Talks to PRI's "Studio 360" About "WTC 9/11," Featured on APM's "Performance Today"

    Steve Reich is featured on the latest episode of Studio 360, which looks at various artists' responses to the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Reich discusses his piece WTC 9/11 and explains how, when asked by Kronos Quartet to write a new piece, he came to create a very personal piece that would reflect on that fateful day. Listen to the Studio 360 segment here. WTC 9/11 can be heard on the latest episode of Performance Today, whose host, Fred Child, calls it an "intense piece of music and a deeply moving piece of music as well."

  • Ry Cooder: "Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down" [cover]

    Ry Cooder Discusses New Album with Pacifica Radio's KPFK, Which Calls It "A Fantastic Album"

    Ry Cooder recently stopped by Pacifica Radio's KPFK in Los Angeles to discuss his new album, Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down, sharing insights on channeling the voice of John Lee Hooker and much more. "This is a fantastic album," says host Jon Wiener, who is joined in his praise by the Irish Times, which gives the album four stars, saying: "Cooder again defies the belief that music with a message can’t be fun." Sweden's Sydsvenskan credits it with "the most godlike groove you'll ever hear on a protest record." The New Zealand Herald gives it a perfect five stars, calling it "exceptional."

  • Steve Reich: "WTC 9/11 / Mallet Quartet / Dance Patterns" [cover]

    Steve Reich Discusses "WTC 9/11" on WNYC's "Soundcheck," BBC World Service's "The Strand"

    Tune in to WNYC's Soundcheck today for an encore presentation of an interview with Steve Reich, in which the composer discusses WTC 9/11, the title piece from his forthcoming album. The interview first aired in April for the NY premiere of WTC 9/11 at Carnegie Hall by Kronos Quartet, which performs the piece on the new album. Reich discussed WTC 9/11 on the BBC World Service's The Strand, launching the show's week-long look at artistic responses to 9/11, and will be featured on BBC Radio 3's forthcoming special A Guernica for Gotham, airing this Sunday.

  • Steve Reich: "WTC 9/11 / Mallet Quartet / Dance Patterns" [cover]

    Hear Steve Reich's "WTC 9/11" Album in Its Entirety As NPR First Listen: "Kronos Plays with Fierce Beauty, Deep Intelligence"

    Steve Reich's forthcoming Nonesuch album, WTC 9/11—featuring the title piece performed by Kronos Quartet, Mallet Quartet performed by Sō Percussion, and Dance Patterns from members of Steve Reich and Musicians—is now streaming in full as an NPR First Listen. NPR cites the "haunting power" of WTC 9/11, adding: "Here again and as ever, Kronos plays with fierce beauty and deep intelligence." The Boston Globe asks: "The musical memorials to 9/11 are still arriving but, in the end, how many will match the dark power of Steve Reich's WTC 9/11, finally here in a recording by the Kronos Quartet?"

  • Ry Cooder: "Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down" [cover]

    Ry Cooder Appears on PRI's "Here & Now"; BBC Calls New Album "Essential Listening"

    Ry Cooder's new album, Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down, was released yesterday, prompting David Dye, host of NPR's World Cafe, to tweet that the album "just shot to my best of list. Ry got pissed off enough to make another masterpiece." Cooder performs two sold-out shows at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall, tonight and tomorrow, and is today's guest on NPR's Here & Now. The BBC calls the album "a powerful state of the nation address" that "is about as good and sustained a riposte to the grubby, grabbing times we live in as any artist has mustered, which makes it essential listening."